Abducted Boy Could Face Hard Recovery 6-01-2011 – CBS 5 – KPHO

Abducted Boy Could Face Hard Recovery 6-01-2011 – CBS 5 – KPHO.

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Dear Meghan McCain: Please Talk To Your Father About “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Dear Meghan McCain,

Hope this letter finds you well. Like me, perhaps you were up late last night watching as both the U.S. House and the Senate Armed Services Committee moved forward repeal language that will take us one step closer to ending the military’s discriminatory ban on openly gay and lesbian troops, otherwise known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Given that you’re a fervent supporter of LGBT rights, and one of a new wave of Republicans who continue to urge your Party’s leadership to welcome LGBT people, I’ve no doubt that you’re as enthusiastic as I am about the hope that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” might soon become a policy of the past.

I’ve long admired your work to coach the Republican Party on LGBT issues, like when you challenged young Republicans at George Washington University to support marriage equality, or when you told the world that “Gays and lesbians are a vital part of our communities. They are doctors, teachers, firefighters, emergency personnel and neighbors. In this way, marriage equality is also about supporting good citizens and strengthening our communities.”

One might also say that gays and lesbians are also soldiers. But unfortunately, until “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is completely repealed, these brave men and women will be living in the closet, unable to be who they are due to the threat of being discharged from the military.

It’s on this note that I’m writing to you today. See, your father, Sen. John McCain, has taken a very strong stand against ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and allowing openly gay and lesbian soldiers the right to serve their country. Sen. McCain very publicly opposed the repeal language that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee last night, and has pledged to fight as hard as he possibly can to maintain the U.S. military’s ban on gay and lesbian troops.

In his own words, your father said he “would do everything within his power” to make sure that gay and lesbian soldiers continue to be fired from military service, or prevented from joining the military in the first place. He’s pledged to filibuster the upcoming defense spending bill, the bill which will include the repeal language surrounding “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and is going to encourage his fellow Senators to support a filibuster of this bill as well.

It’s on this note that I have one simple request, Meghan: please talk to your father, and tell him to stop.


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By the time you’ve watched this video another young person, somewhere in the world, will have been exploited at the hands of human traffickers. If you agree that people shouldn’t be bought and sold, forward the video to your local school or youth group and invite them to take part in START FREEDOM.

source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLuqUpu6cYO

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River of Innocents: Modern Slavery in Our Nation and World.

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 2010–Terry Lee Wright will speak at Georgetown Law this Thursday, January 21st, at noon, about modern human slavery and his experience writing River of Innocents.

“Slavery is everywhere today, even a few dozen blocks from the U.S. Capitol,” explains Wright. “Slavery is a living fact: thousands of people are enslaved for the first time every day, many of them teenagers in the United States. I wrote River of Innocents because we can end that slavery–because of the people who can and should be free. Each of us can help make that freedom a reality.”

The U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Person’s Report indicates that human trafficking is a criminal enterprise with millions of victims annually but fewer than five thousand prosecutions world-wide each year.

The Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime has called River of Innocents “A global call to arms in the fight against trafficking.”

source: http://www.traffickingblog.com/?p=99


* Never assume your child will not be abducted – always act as though it could happen.

* Establish solid communication with your child. Develop open dialogue so he/she can confide in you in case of trouble.

* Never leave young children unattended.

* Make certain your child knows his/her full name, your name, address and telephone number, including area code. Teach him/her to use the telephone. Help may be available by dialing 911 or “O”

* Have pictures taken yearly. For preschoolers, pictures should be updated quarterly.

* Keep records of fingerprints, footprints, dental and doctor information, birthmarks and birth certificates. You should keep copies of x-rays as hospitals do not keep such records for more than a few years.

* Tell baby-sitters or friends caring for the child not to let your child go with anyone but you.

* Teach your child to avoid people they don’t know.

* Explain to your child that a stranger is someone they do not know, nor do you.

* Teach your child that adults usually do not ask children for directions. If someone should stop In a car asking directions, tell your child not to go to the car.

* Have your child practice the buddy system until old enough that this system is not necessary.

* Caution your child not to play in deserted places. There is safety in numbers.

* Teach your child the facts of abduction early. If handled simply as another fact of life – another coping skill – children need not be inordinately frightened by the idea of abduction.

* Establish strict procedures regarding who will pick up your child from school and be meticulously consistent.

* Have your school establish a “School Call Back Program” and visitor check-in policies.

* Teach your child never to go anywhere with anyone who doesn’t know a family “Code” word.

* Make sure that your child does not have his/her name on a visible place such as clothing or belongings. It makes it harder for strangers to be on a first name basis with your child.

* Know as much as possible about your ex-spouse and his/her friends and relatives. Pay attention to threats of stealing the child. Watch for attitude changes and/or unstable behavior in your ex-spouse. Be aware of how a life-style change by you or your spouse might affect him/her.

* Explain to your child that if they are home alone not to open the door for anyone except previously designated persons. This includes a salesperson or delivery person.

* Teach your child never to answer the telephone and tell anyone that he/she is home alone. If someone should call, instruct your child to make a prepared statement such as , “Daddy/Mommy cannot come to the phone right now… can I take a message.”

* Teach older children to come home at dark.

* Remind older children to phone home.

* Know who your child’s friends are, where they live, and their telephone numbers.

* Beware of any adult that showers your child with an inordinate amount of attention and/or presents. No one should care more about your child than you.

* Be aware that a pedophile is usually an adult whose sexual preference is confined to youngsters. The classic pedophile preys on runaways or children from unhappy homes. He showers the child with affection. By the time sexual activity takes peace, the child is often an uncomplaining partner and it goes unreported. Please show your child appropriate affection.

* Teach your child that if they are being followed not to hide behind bushes, but to go where there are people or to a safe house.

* Teach your child that it is appropriate to “make a scene” if he/she senses danger from an adult. Teach him/her to yell “HELP!”, or “I DON’T KNOW YOU!”, not just scream.

source: http://www.projectsafekids.org/prevention.html

Published in: on January 18, 2010 at 8:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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5 things you probably didn’t know about modern day slavery

The US Federal government defines human trafficking as:

“(A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age ; or (B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude , peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.” [U.S.C. §7102(8)]

In other words, human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Hard to believe that in the 21st century slavery still exists, but not only does it, it’s worse than you can imagine.

Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about modern day slavery:

1. There are an estimated 27 million people enslaved around the world. That’s twice the number of Africans enslaved during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
2. It’s estimated that 1.2 million children are trafficked annually around the world, mostly for the purposes of prostitution, pornography and sexual exploitation.
3. Human trafficking isn’t only a problem for third world countries. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
4. It’s believed between 40,000 and 50,000 persons are trafficked into the U.S. each year from Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe, 15,000 of them children.
5. The profits from human trafficking worldwide are estimated at $32 billion annually, making it the second most profitable crime after drug trafficking.

For more information about human trafficking and what you can do about it, visit these websites:

* Love146
* International Justice Mission
* Not For Sale Campaign
* HumanTrafficking.Org
* US Department of Education
* US Department of Justice

source: http://www.examiner.com/x-12513-Rochester-Christian-Living-Examiner~y2009m8d27-5-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-modern-day-slavery

Published in: on August 28, 2009 at 9:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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FBI seeks info in sex trafficking investigation

prostituteThe FBI is asking residents of Northwest Indiana to provide confidential information in its investigation of sex trafficking conspiracy involving 16 minor and young-adult females.

Four Lake County residents and an Illinois resident have been charged in connection with that investigation in a 21-count superseding indictment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Justin Cephus, 31, Stanton Cephus, 28, and Jovan Stewart, 30, all of Hammond, Haneef Jackson-Bey, 20, of East Chicago, and Delbert Patterson, 19, of Steger, Ill., have been charged with conspiring to commit and committing sex trafficking and prostitution violations.

Justin and Stanton Cephus and Stewart were initially charged in a three-count indictment in March and were ordered detained pending trial “based on the danger they pose to the community and the likelihood that they would flee prior to trail,” the statement said.

The superseding indictment charges all five with participating in the conspiracy and committing one or more offenses involving the sex trafficking of minors, the transportation of minors across state lines for the purpose of prostitution, the sex trafficking of adult women through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, and the transportation of minor and adult women form Indiana to Illinois and from Illinois to Indiana for the purposes of prostitution, the statement said.

“From approximately February 2006 until January 2009, the defendants, led by Justin Cephus, who is charged in each of the 21 counts, ran a prostitution business out of his home and various other locations in and around Hammond,” the statement said. “The business, which advertised in the Yellow Pages in Illinois and Indiana under the names ‘Beauty Escorts,’ ‘Beautiful Entertainment,’ and ‘The Finest and the Best,’ provided sexual services to callers from Northwest Indiana and the Chicago, Ill., area.”

“Defendants used a variety of tactics to recruit girls and keep them working for the business, according to the indictment, including handing out business cards to pretty girls at retail outlets and telling them that the business involved ‘promotions,’ ‘modeling,’ ‘house cleaning,’ ‘private dancing,’ or ‘massage therapy,’” the statement said.

“Defendants are also alleged to have disclosed to girls that a popular music artist is the brother of defendant Patterson and that if they worked for the co-conspirators, they might get to meet the artist and possibly appear in his music videos,” the statement said. “The indictment lays out other methods used to keep girls going on calls, including the use of various forms of physical force, various kinds of fraud, and coercion.”

The investigation of this case is ongoing, the statement said, and is being led by the Chicago Division of the FBI, South Resident Agency. Also instrumental in the investigation have been the Cook County, Ill., Sheriff’s Police and the Hammond Police Department.

Citizens with information about this investigation are urged to contact the FBI at (312) 421-6700. All calls will be treated confidentially.

source: http://www.chestertontribune.com/PoliceFireEmergency/7893%20fbi_seeks_info_in_sex_traffickin.htm

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Published in: on July 9, 2009 at 7:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Local police talk human trafficking

Christina Stewert & Andra Ackerman

Christina Stewert & Andra Ackerman

mathew slater senior trainerAgencies get education on how to combat modern day slavery

Detective Lt. Nick Reilley is a Long Island cop who speaks plainly.

In a room full of Western New York law enforcement officers on Wednesday morning, Reilley didn’t mince words as he explained the bottom line of the human trafficking trade.

“Trafficking is about money,” he said. “Whether it’s sex or labor, it’s about the money.”

Reilley was one of the featured speakers in a half day seminar on investigating and prosecuting modern day slavery sponsored by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services and the North Tonawanda Police Department.

“Local police departments are at the forefront of these investigations,” North Tonawanda Police Chief Randy Szukala said. “It’s unfortunate in this day that we’re dealing with something like slavery.”

Human trafficking, both for sex and labor, has emerged as a problem in Western New York over the past few years. Yet identifying cases and prosecuting them, according to Reilley and other seminar speakers, isn’t easy.

“Universally, the research shows that law enforcement is poorly trained to identify human trafficking,” said Reilley who heads up a special Human Trafficking Task Force for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Add to that, Reilley said, that many victims, a large number of whom are immigrants, are fearful of police and don’t understand how the American legal system works.

Over 60 representatives of law enforcement, including Niagara Region and Canadian police agencies, listened intently as they were told investigating human trafficking involves taking a longer look at what might appear to be just routine prostitution or illegal alien cases.

“This training provides tools to law enforcement that are long overdue,” said Niagara County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Kristin Neubauer.

In November 2007, New York enacted some of the toughest laws in the nation to combat human trafficking on the state level. Lockport Police Chief Larry Eggert said after a former LPD officer was convicted in federal court for sex trafficking, the state law could not have come along at a better time.

“This law is long overdue,” Eggert said. “We’ve had some cases, but now (the human trafficking problem) is coming into view for us . We’re beginning to learn the psychology of (traffickers).”

Locally, Amy Fleischauer of the International Institute said her agency has confirmed 75 cases of human trafficking here in the last two years. Thirty-five of those cases have ended up in criminal prosecutions.

“This crime is really underidentified,” she said. “These individuals have been locked in basements and forced to work under incredibly unsafe conditions. They are beaten and raped. They live as slaves.”

Fleischauer and others said Western New York is fertile ground for this activity because it is on an international border, serves as a “pipeline between Toronto and New York City,” and has a lot of farms which she called “perfect places” for labor trafficking.

“There is so much (human trafficking) that needs to be investigated,” added Andra Ackerman, director of human trafficking prevention at DCJS.

source: http://www.niagara-gazette.com/crime/local_story_161202845.html

Published in: on June 16, 2009 at 6:15 am  Comments (1)  
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Rosa’s Story

These pictures are from a 16 year old girl who tried to run away from a sex trafficer. He nearly beat her to death with a wire hanger. Theses pictures are NOT of Rosa.

The Child Who Ran

The Child Who Ran

Wire hangers

This story is no different from other girls, Rosa was 13 years old when her ordeal started. All these girls want is a chance at a better life. It sickens me to hear story after story of the same scenario. This is why I advocate for these children and adults. If you look hard enough you might be amazed at how many cases happen right in your own back yard so to speak.

Her name is Rosa and she was just 13 years old when her life changed forever. She went from being a young waitress in a small Mexican village to being held captive as a prostitute and a slave.

It all started when a family acquaintance told Rosa that she could make ten times as much money waiting tables in the U.S. as she could in her small village. It sounded like an offer that was too good to be true she could make enough money to send some back to her family, and if she got homesick, she could just pick up and come home.

Rosa’s parents were skeptical, but she was persistent. Against the wishes of her family and friends, she agreed to make the journey to America in hope of a better life.

Rosa and several young girls were driven across the border, and then continued the rest of the way on foot. They traveled four days and nights through the desert, making their way into Texas, then crossing east toward Florida.

Finally, Rosa and the other girls arrived at their destination, a rundown trailer where they would be put to work. Rosa was told that she would be forced to work as a prostitute. For a young girl like Rosa, this was a nightmare but as she soon realized, she had to do what she was told or else.

Rosa’s Ordeal

Rosa was gang-raped and locked up like a prisoner, until she agreed to do what she was told. She lived under 24-hour watch and was forced to engage in sexual relations with up to 30 men a day. When she got pregnant, she was forced to have an abortion, then sent back to work the next day.

Soon, this innocent girl had become a tragic young woman with several sexually transmitted diseases, broken bones that hadn’t healed properly, and an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Rosa finally made her escape from the brothel, but her ordeal was not over. She was arrested and locked in jail, the same as her captors. She was treated like a criminal instead of a victim.

The Many Faces of “Rosa”

Just like on AMW, this Rosa is a composite of several real women, and they are only a few of the 50,000 people a year who are smuggled into the U.S. and treated as slaves. These victims of human trafficking are forced into a variety of exploitative situations including prostitution and hard labor.

Law enforcement is working to stop the awful trade in human trafficking and activists are doing their part to make sure that the victims of this crime are treated in a respectful and humane way.

New Law Brings New Hope

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 was designed to protect these victims as well as to prosecute traffickers. One of the main provisions of this law was the creation of the T visa, which allows victims of human trafficking to remain in the United States and assist federal authorities in prosecuting their captors.

By cooperating with investigators against those who enslaved them, the victims now have a chance to fight back and their testimony gives law enforcement a powerful tool to help stop these human traffickers.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act also creates tougher sentences for those convicted of human trafficking. Thanks to the changes in the law, these perpetrators may receive up to 20 years in prison, instead of just 10, and in some cases they may even receive life sentences.

Published in: on June 15, 2009 at 8:52 am  Comments (4)